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Sony Xperia P review

A feature-packed mid-range Android smartphone

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 540 x 960

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For

  • Sleek, unique design
  • 1GHz dual-core CPU
  • 4-inch display
  • Impressive rear camera
  • NFC capabilities

Against

  • Sloppy front camera
  • Scratch-prone body
  • Poor multi-tabbed browsing
  • Stiff camera button
  • Fiddly micro SIM holder

Playing host to an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus capabilities and an integrated LED flash, on paper the Sony Xperia P's rear-mounted camera is of comparable quality to the leaders of the smartphone scene, including the new quad-core powerhouse that is the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Indoor images shot under artificial lighting are a little disappointing, with poor colour management producing muted snaps that are far from sharp and have an unusually high level of grain, or suffer overcompensation by the flash.

Sony Xperia P review

But in natural lighting environments, the Sony Xperia P's camera is a standout performer.

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Removing the fuss out of lining up and taking high-quality snaps, the Sony Xperia P boasts automated scene selection technologies to quickly assess situations and better attune its camera's optics and settings to the required needs.

A prime example of this software's worth is when attempting to take macro shots.

Holding the camera just centimetres from the subject, the handset produces stunning results with pin-sharp accuracy, impressive depth of field and strong colour management.

This marks the Sony Xperia P out as one of the most impressive smartphone snappers on the market.

Sony Xperia P review

An edge-mounted physical camera button - an alternative to the screen-obscuring touchscreen capture option - is a welcome addition, especially since it's a feature that's missed from many of the Sony Xperia P's competitors.

However, the button's stiffness, which helps prevent against accidental and unwanted presses, makes it difficult to capture quick snaps one-handed.

While the automated scene selector handles most situations thrown at it with ease and grace, photo-savvy users are able to manually alter and select a number of alternate options, with Sweep Panorama and 3D Sweep modes on offer.

Away from the rear-mounted Full HD snapper and around the front, the VGA camera hosts the ability to capture low grade stills.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS
SAR Value0.78 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyXperia P
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)120 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerST Ericsson
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density275 ppi
Height122 mm
Width59.5 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameXPERIA P
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeNovaThor
Product LineXperia P
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Magnetometer
Manufacturer Part Number1262-0500
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Experience beauty. Distinctive design.

The Xperia P Android phone stands out with its distinctive, minimalistic design.

Like all phones in the Sony Xperia NXT series, it has a simple, strong design language. And Xperia P takes it one step further - the precision crafted, full aluminium unibody gives this Android phone a unique, durable and modern look.

A clear display, even in bright sunlight.

Lounging in the sun, enjoying a YouTube clip or your favourite movie?

The 4" Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine also includes Sony's unique WhiteMagic™ technology, making the colours in your favourite clips and stills look as sharp and clear as if you were inside.

WhiteMagic adds a 4th white sub-pixel - traditional LCD screens have three; red, green and blue - to the Reality Display. The result? The outstanding combination of an ultra-bright screen and great power efficiency. Power efficient because WhiteMagic automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to surrounding light - when the light is not so strong, Sony Xperia P uses less battery power.